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Oct 4, 2012 11:00am PDT
$6,000. that's not going to happen. they'll have at least two plans. and by the way, if the government can be as efficient as the private sector and offer premiums that are as low as the private sector, people will be happy to get traditional medicare, or they'll be able to get a private plan. i know my own view is, i'd rather have a private plan. i'd just as soon not having the government telling me what kind of health care i get. i'd rather having a insurance company, if i don't like them, i can get rid of them and get a different insurance company. but people like to make their own choice. and the other thing we have to do for medicare, we have to have the benefits high for those who are low-income, but for high-income people, we're going to have to lower some of the benefits. we have to make sure this plan is there for the long-term. that's the plan i put forward. and by the way, the idea came not even from paul ryan or senator wyden, but it came from bill clinton's chief of staff. this is an idea that's been around a long time. which is saying, hey, let's not see if we can get com
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Oct 3, 2012 2:00pm EDT
who is, you know, looking to get some help or support from the united states government, i think that's going to hurt him. and ultimately i think that people in this country believe that barack obama is looking out for their interests, for their economic interests and for their future. >> it is clear where you stand politically. i don't want to ask you who you want to win, but honestly, who do you think will win tonight? >> i think on style i think right now i have to give the points to mitt romney. i think he's very well practiced. he's been apparently memorizing the zingers. i think he'll be very relaxed. when it comes to the substance, i think we'll have barack obama. so ultimately the people are going to have to choose who wins tonight. >> shannon o'brien, thank you very much. thanks for taking a trip down memory lane with me back to 2002. we appreciate it. >>> just ahead, new information and images following that deadly attack at the u.s. consulate in libya, benghazi, which killed four americans including the u.s. ambassador. up next, an exclusive look at where ambassador ch
CNN
Oct 4, 2012 12:00pm EDT
. that a bigger government, spending more, taxing more, regulating more, if you will, trickle down government would work. >> president obama sounded a familiar alarm. warning of romney's been there done that economics. >> the approach that governor romney is talking about is the same sales pitch that was made in 2001 and 2003. we ended up with the slowest job growth in 50 years. >> whether it was health care, jobs, or medicare, it was romney who stood out for his aggressive style. >> i just don't know how the president could have come into office facing 23 million people out of work, rising unemployment, an economic crisis at the kitchen table, and spend his energy and passion for two years fighting for obama care. >> the president made his points in a slower, more laid back, often looking down, sometimes appearing disengaged. it's not that he didn't try to rip apart romney's economic plan. >> that kind of top-down economics where folks at the top are doing well, so the average person making $3 million is getting a $250,000 tax break while middle class families are burdened further
CNN
Oct 2, 2012 9:00am PDT
supports syria's presence. they think tice was being detained in august but the government has not acknowledged it. happening in frib, gunmen opened fire on a university in northeastern nigeria. 20 people are now dead. no one has claimed responsibility for the attack but it happened in an area that's been a targeted by islamic militants. we are deeply sorry for what happened. that is the response from ikea. the swedish retail giant came under criticism for intentionally removing photos of women in catalogs that were shipped to saudi arabia. the company is investigating why these photos were omitted in the first place. saudi arabia does not prohibit the presence of women in marketing materials. and hong kong, 38 people are dead in the territory's deadliest maritime accident in decades. a passenger ferry collided with another boat last night off of lamma. police have arrested seven screw members from the boats and rescue crews are still looking for survivors. >> reporter: a night of celebration turned to tragedy as water rushed in through the boat's hull. >> translator: the boat was
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Oct 4, 2012 9:00am EDT
government has authorized troop deployment in foreign countries. that approval comes as turkey continues firing on syria in retaliation for shelling one of the border towns. syria apologizing now for that attack. five people were killed. >>> from baytown, texas, extinguished a blaze that wiped out an exxonmobil plant. the fire is still under investigation here, no one was injured. >>> 79% of teachers in chicago have approve d a new contract, the highest approval rating in teachers union history. the deal was reached after a seven-day strike last month, which impacted the nation's thrp third largest school system. >>> turning now to sports and baseball and something that has not been seen in 45 years. detroit tigers miguel cabrera has won the american league triple crown. cabrera was taken out in the fourth inning in last night's game with kansas city, got a standing ovation from royals fans. the guy they call miggy was modest about his historic achievement. >> i don't believe it. i don't believe it's happening right now. i don't believe like three weeks ago it's going to happen. but you
CNN
Oct 3, 2012 8:00am PDT
health care, the role of government and leadership/governing style. and by a pretty wide margin going in right now, the voters expect president obama is going to outdebate his opponent, but both men have taken great pains to downplay their own chances, downplay the expectations. our dan lothian is up very early at the university of denver. and, dan, i understand this is the fourth time that these two men have really ever encountered one another in person. is that expected to have any effect when they meet each other on stage? >> well, certainly this is not someone who the president spent time with in the senate, has not spent a lot of time talking to him, and when they debate tonight, for 90 minutes, it will be the most time and the longest time that they have spent interacting at all. so it is an unusual, i guess, setting if you will for the president and governor mitt romney. but nonetheless, they're getting ready for this big event, the last couple of days they have been doing these mock debates, going through every possible question that will be asked, every possible scenari
CNN
Oct 7, 2012 5:00pm EDT
government to intrude in our resefr. >> a lawyer for the city says the film isn't journalism because it advocates for the five. in a statement the city says if they want an open arg the facts, they should encourage the flim makers not it to hide anything. the filmmaker claim the documentary sticks to the fact. what do you make of the city trying to go after the outtakes? >> they need to stop dragging their feet. they won't find anything other than what we know. that we were innocent, and this is just going to continue to further restate that. >> usef says no matter the outcome, he may never fully escape his nightmare that started in this park. susan candiotti, cnn, new york. >>> president barack obama is in los angeles at this hour. he's there raising cash at a fund-raiser. you may recall he just set a record of $181 million in september. white house correspondent dan lothian is traveling with the president. dan, at this point he's on record to raise almost a billion dollars now, and that's not including those outside super-pacs. how much is he expecting to raise tonight? >> reporter: w
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Oct 10, 2012 9:00am PDT
hill. live pictures right now of the house oversight and government reform committee rsh right now democratic representative elijah cummings talking right now. always searching for answer on what the u.s. knew leading up to and following the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, which led to the deaths of four americans, including the u.s. ambassador there. let's listen in to representative cummings. >> are just as concerned as members on the other side of the aisle. we each represent about 700,000 each people too. >> what do we do today? what do we do today? my goal is to try in some way to put this toxic partisanship behind us. and focus on the security of our personnel. every two years we put our hands up as member of this congress and we swear to protect the people of the united states of america. all of us do that. not just republicans. not just democrats. all of us. those people that we promise to protect are not limited to just the folks located within our shores our bountryes of this nation, but those people that go out and put their lives on the line every day for us a
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Oct 7, 2012 4:00pm PDT
other cities. labor unions are threatening to strike if the government refuses to allow a general vote on the austerity measures. the protests appeared peaceful. no reports of any violence thankfully. >>> tonight's spacex launch will officially turn space into a business. the resupply mission to the international space mission will launch from cape canaveral, florida. spacex successfully demonstrated it could do the job in may when it docked a capsule with the space station. we'll go live to florida later on this hour. ♪ >>> ll, republican voters in port st. lucie, florida, are turning out in big numbers for their candidate, mitt romney. it's his second straight day up and down the critical swing state, and today he pointed again to one of the key differences between his and president obama's plans. listen. >> if he is re-elected, he will install obama care and with it your premiums are going to go up an extra $2,500 above what they already are in current health care plan. my plan is i will finally get control of the excessive costs in health care by repealing and replacing obam
CNN
Oct 8, 2012 11:00am EDT
zeppelin in spain. let me play it. >> spain spends 42% of their total economy on government. we're now spending 42% of our economy on government. i don't want to go down the path to spain. i want to go down the path of growth that puts americans to work with more money coming in because they're working. >> all right. i don't want -- >> no, no. >> i can imagine it would seem offensive. here is the question had it comes to his words versus the president's words. the president, everyone hangs on every syllable or consonant. mitt romney, does he have more latitude or is he under the same microscope over seize? >> he is not under the same microscope. some of the things he's said in the past before that comment about spain, for instance, about the palestinians and how israelis are somehow implying culturally business minded where as the palestinians are not and some of the things he said regarding russia, for instance, that it is america's number one geopolitical foe, and those have been framed in the foreign press and other countries outside of the united states as gaffes by someone who
CNN
Oct 9, 2012 12:00pm EDT
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Oct 9, 2012 11:00am PDT
with some of the most powerful people in syria. government ministers, foreign dignitaries, and even the syrian president. for five years, omar claims he worked in the presidential palace, his main job was propaganda. >> translator: i was a member of the press office in the presidential palace. we met and manufactured news and see how we could distribute and publish these lies. we invented stories that would help justify the crimes committed by the syrian regime. >> reporter: omar says he was a member of a 15-person team working under long time government spokeswoman bethaynia shaban. omar's job was to trash the defectors' reputations. >> translato we contacted regime loyalists from lebanon and syria to aper as guests. to say the defectors were bad and corrupt. >> reporter: now omar is one of those defectors and he's offering details and impossible for cnn to independently verify about how the syrian president has coped with the uprising. how did bashar al assad's behavior change over the last year and a half? >> translator: he seemed worried all day long. we rarely saw him smiling.
CNN
Oct 5, 2012 8:00am PDT
total meltdown. there was concerns about massive depression like 1929. what the government did, was to stabilize the economy so it didn't go into free fall. we're looking at a period of slow growth because we deferred this problem. however, without deferring the problem, we would have had a depression. >> we heard a t of arguing back and forth in the debate the other night, the president suggesting there are -- this defid defied logic, defensive outsource. let me play that moment and i'll ask you about it on the other side. >> when it comes to our tax code, governor romney and i both agree our corporate tax rate is too high, so i want to lower it, particularly for manufacturing, taking it down to 25%, but i also want to close those loopholes that are giving incentives for companies that are shipping jobs overseas, i want to provide tax breaks for companies that are investing here in the united states. >> you said you get a deduction for taking a plantoverseas? i've been in business for 25 years, i have no idea what you're talking about. >> so i don't either. because i actually don't kn
CNN
Oct 2, 2012 8:00am PDT
to spend a segment talking about the role of government, also talking about governing. which is interesting because a lot of this campaign is mitt romney and barack obama talking about how they would work in washington. and as we know the american public are so frustrated right now with how washington is operating or is not operating at all. so there's a lot on the line for mitt romney, barack obama tomorrow night. tens of millions of people will be watching. of course, a lot here on cnn. there is over 3,000 journalists who are actually credentialed to come and cover this debate. 700 of them are from other countries. so the whole world will be watching. >> and jim lahr is the moderator for debate number one. how long do the candidates get to answer the questions? because some candidates are pretty long-winded. >> reporter: they are, and that's going to be the struggle and one of the challenges for the moderator torrow as well as the other debate moderators, including candy crowley who will be moderating a debate later this month. 30 seconds to about a minute to answer a question
CNN
Oct 2, 2012 9:00am EDT
party. >>> plus -- >> american express in hot water with the government because of deceptive lending practices. customers could be in line for refund checks for hundreds of dollars. should beer you be getting some cash? find out. newsroom starts now. >>> we start with breaking news this morning. two u.s. border patrol agents have been shot in southern arizona and we have now learned that one of those agents has died from his gunshot wounds. the fbi and cochise sheriff's office, near the area where border patrol agent involved in that fast and furious program was shot and killed, brian terry. we'll have much more on this story, much more information in the next two hours of newsroom. >>> also this morning, it sounds like something out of a nightmare. imagine being on a plane and having your seat detach from the floor mid flight. it's happened at least twice in the past two weeks. >> we don't want that thing flying around with passengers behind them. >> last night a flight had to return. and emergency landing at jfk in new york after three seats detached from the floor during the fligh
CNN
Oct 7, 2012 1:00pm PDT
opposition or with the government. what does that mean, fred? it can mean not getting into university or getting a job. >> is there any indication of when we might hear about these election results? >> reporter: it's going to be a late night for sure. what's different is the system is completely automated, but you don't count votes until 85 of the votes have returned. when you talk about long line-ups, fred, it could be a long night. >> thanks so much in carraacasc venezuela. >>> hoping to build momentum following the presidential debat debates, president obama stumping in california, mitt romney also on the road after what many saw as a lackluster debate last week for the president in particular. he's hoping the new lower unemployment rate will give him a boost. the president is attending a fund-raiser in los angeles, and then he heads on to ohio. mitt romney in the meantime is spending the weekend in florida where yesterday he spent much of the day preparing for the next debate. it's a must-win state if he wants to capture the white house. >>> and, of course, you don't want to forget t
CNN
Oct 6, 2012 7:00pm EDT
was about his ability to live in the u.s. prison system. his attorney asked the government to return two prosthetics taken from him as he flew with other suspects from the uk to new york. his attorney said without the limbs, he won't be able to function in a civilized manner. he fought extradition for years in the uk and europe and is accused in a 1998 kidnapping in yemen, plotting to put a terrorist training camp in oregon and supporting violent jihad in afghanistan. the federal magistrate ordered him held on arraignment for tuesday. two of the men who were flown in overnight with him did enter not guilty pleas at an earlier proceeding. they are charged with conspiring to kill americans in the east african embassy bombings in 1998 which caused the deaths of 224 people and injured thousands of others. two other men accused of fund-raising for terrorism through the internet entered not guilty pleas in a connecticut court. if convicted, he faces life in prison. the defendants are facing trial in american civilian courts, not in military court, as in guantanamo bay, because that was the
CNN
Oct 7, 2012 3:00pm PDT
government and over all these people. >> that was him voting. let's show the people voting here in the united states. many voters travel to new orleans from miami, this must be really crucial for people to be traveling to new orleans from miami. >> this is set to be a close election, don. what happens is that there are as many as 100,000 venezuelans abroad. 70,000 of them here in the united states. if the election is close enough, they could decide the election. that's why you see voting there. most of them live in miami, but since the consulate was closed in miami, they were forced to drive or fly a thousand miles away to new orleans. but they did and that shows you how committed they are. >> a lot of them convoys, too. listen, when we say what's at stake, obviously these people have strong feelings about the selection, what does happen if it does not go hugo chavez's way? >> he was asked what would happen if he doesn't win, he said we have the potential for civil war because he says his followers are so committed, are so energized that they would not take anything other than a chavez
CNN
Oct 6, 2012 2:00pm EDT
and basically the government was taking the oil profits and trying to redistribute it and not spending in a very efficient way. it's hard to believe, this country still has huge infrastructure problems. you look around sometimes, anything from medical to the roads to schools, and it still has a ways to go even though it had all of that oil wealth. >> what is the explanation behind that? that's a big contradiction. >> it is a big contradiction, and you know, hugo chavez has been in power for a long time. says look, it takes time. that's my explanation. if you look at the indicators, yes, people in extreme poverty, he has been able to bring down the numbers. at the same time, his challenger, a 40-year-old man, lawyer, comes from the elite but says he will work for the poor. says look, this country has not been running its economy well, and chavez, it's really going to be a cliffhanger in the end to see which they side with. chavez has a cult following with some, but many analysts say his popularity has waned especially in the last year or so when he's battling cancer. he claims
CNN
Oct 6, 2012 10:00pm PDT
people died in fighting today. this is homs where activists say rebels battled government forces. meantime, turkey's military fired artillery into syria today, retaliating for strikes from syria. leon panetta says the war could become something much worse. >> the fact that there are now exchanges of fire between these two countries raises additional concerns that this conflict could broaden. >>> gas prices in california jumped again overnight, drivers now paying an average of $4.61 a gallon with some parts of the state seeing closer to six bucks. experts are blaming it to a series of problems with refineries coupled with low supply. >>> here's what's we're working on tonight. tv anchor fights back. >> i am much more than a number on a scale. >> going off on a viewer who called her fat. and a bad example to young girls. is he right? celebrities, local and beyond, even politicians. are they obligated to be attractive and healthy role models? plus-size model emmy has a lot to say about that, live. >>> fat america. our addiction to food rivals drugs. more than one-third of all adults
CNN
Oct 7, 2012 10:00pm PDT
to show a government aircraft going down in a damascus suburb. >>> an investigation under way at the university of south alabama. a campus police officer shot and killed him after the freshman showed up naked and acting erratically. >>> honda is recalling more than 260,000 crvs because the power window switch should cause a fire. we're talking about models 2002 to 2006. honda dealers will repair or replace the switch for you. >>> barack obama surrounded by rockers and singers and a-list hollywood types. he's in california hoping to leave with a few million more dollars in his campaign fund. he spoke to a concert crowd in los angeles. let's get out there now to dan. we want to talk to him. campaign sources hope to drum up $10 million over the next two days. what's the strategy? >> reporter: the strategy is about the battleground states. take a look at where the president has been traveling. he's made many trips to colorado and florida where he will be headed later in the week. he spent a lot of time in virginia and we can't forget about ohio. the president was just there friday. h
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Oct 8, 2012 1:00am PDT
the government said at the time, they would submit to whatever the results were. that's why you had people with confidence going to the polling stations today, don. you know, we're going to move on to tomorrow morning, don. and now, the focus will hit squarely on hugo chavez's health. he says he is cured of cancer. i saw him. he does not look well. and there's no way to confirm this at all. but anyone with cancer and the kind of cancer he had, he never disclosed exactly what it was, you have to think, you know, will he get sick again? or has he made this miraculous recovery? that's going to be the next risk here in venezuela because there's no one waiting in the sidelines. that could really destabilize the country because he's not picked a successor. >> we're going to continue to watch this. and celebration going on. you can hear the fireworks. thank you, paula. we'll be right back. >>> can you imagine freefalling from space? an austrian man is attempting to break the sound barrier. brian todd is following his story from roswell, new mexico. >> reporter: after five years of planning
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Oct 9, 2012 6:00am PDT
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Oct 10, 2012 11:00am EDT
close to the election to suggest that the government didn't know what it was doing and could have saved the lives of those men? >> well, ashleigh, it depends who you ask. if you ask democrats, it's the former. this is a political stunt to damage president obama just weeks before the election. but the republican chair of the committee, daniel issa, is saying listen, something went wrong, we need to get to the bottom of this. and indeed you're going to hear today from senior security officials that were posted in benghazi in months leading up to the attack, not on the day of the attack, posted in libya that say, look, we did send messages to the state department asking for additional security, asking for security teams that were on the ground to be extended beyond their mandate over the summer. and so these requests were apparently either denied or not responded to. and so you'll hear from these security officials, and you'll hear from charlene lamb, a deputy assistant secretary who a lot of these requests went to. and i think a lot of people are wondering why she didn't respond to
CNN
Oct 5, 2012 6:00am PDT
number here, 86,000. that's how many jobs were add in july and august that government auditor didn't notice in the beginning. they revised their numbers. actually, july, august were stronger than expected to the tune of 86,000. 7.8% unemployment rate. what does that mean? the best since january 2009. when we dig within these numbers, carol, we can also see that some 418,000 people entered the workforce in the month. they are feeling a little more confident about things. either that or they've been out of the workforce for so long they've got to try to get in and get a job. you've got more people coming into the workforce. overall, 114,000 jobs created. they were in health care, transportation and government jobs. government jobs, three months in a row now. we've been seeing government layoffs for many, many, many months in a row. government jobs, transportation warehousing and we've been seeing -- everything else is pretty much flat in terms of job categories. the headline, carol, 7.8% is the unemployment rate. one more jobs report until the election. >> okay. so the political implic
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Oct 4, 2012 11:00am EDT
questions over the role of government when it comes to the economy. these two guys could not be further apart. did they make their case clear last night? >> it was part of the debate i enjoyed the most. i enjoyed the economic stuff. when it got to the role of golf, jim lehrer asked that and i thought they stated their case and mitt romney stated it well where he said he doesn't believe the federal government can do much that is better than the private sector can be left to do or individuals can do and barack obama, you know, he started by saying the major role of government is keeping its people safe. but that is a fundamental disagreement between conservatives and liberals. i think -- i don't know that too many people would have been confused about their answers or would have expected them to say something else but i think it's important that your vote this time around is determined by what role you think government should have. the key difference to remember is in the last four years with the economic collapse, we live in a world, in a country where 71% of economic decisions are direc
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Oct 10, 2012 6:00am PDT
announcement coming out next week from the government. 1.5% to 1.7%, it ain't huge. past few years, let's look at that. benefits increased 3.6% this year because inflation was higher. what's coming next year is better than what happened in 2009 and 2010 when checks didn't go up at all. you want to blame congress but you can't blame congress for this minuscule increase coming next year. cost of living adjustment is based on the consumer price index. cpi measures inflation, e price you pay for things like food and clothing and fuel. if prices are up over the past year, those social security checks go up. and if prices haven't moved or they fall, social security checks stay the same. i guess to sort of put the slamation point sla exclamation point on this, at least they're going up a bit instead of staying the same. >> alison kosik, thank you very much. >>> more people around the country getting sick and dying from a rare meningitis outbreak. dr. gupta make ace starting discovery while into digging as to how this happened. hahahaha! hooohooo, hahaha! this is awesome! folks who save hu
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Oct 8, 2012 2:00pm EDT
government. it has happened already. i know another company was taken over by the chavez government. and the reality is that nobody really knows what is going to happen. so that's something that can be expected in the next six years. >> here is why we care and why we're talking about it. gas, oil, right? let me look down. they're the fourth largest exporter of oil to the united states. one of the top oil producing countries in the world but more than 35% of the population lives below the poverty line. as paula mentioned, economists are worried they could go off the cliff here. she mentioned default in a couple of months. listen to what some economists are saying. >> they have already reached point where the current situation can't continue, a continuation of the current policy framework could culminate in a crisis effectively. >> right now, at least, we need the oil when you hear the precarious situation that is their economy, should we be worried? >> i find the situation very ironic. we, the united states, get about 8% to 9% of the oil from venezuela, a socialist country. venezuela, a s
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Oct 3, 2012 12:00pm EDT
saying his government not to blame for the money crisis. he says it's the west. it's the united states, the sanctions that amount to warfare against iran. i want to bring in holly. confwrat las vegas on your emmy, by the way. >> for the cnn internationaled team and when we covered the egyptian revolution and certainly the story for which we were recognized, the fall of hosni mubarak. really the deline. >> do we know if that's true? >> if what is true sf. >> is it the sanction that is are really doing this? >> part of it is when you bring dollars in, if that amount of dollar income is reduced, then you're going to have less to play with inside the country. why are people so unhappy? it's because it has led to inflation, buzz when you are an iranian factory and you need spare parts, and you need supplies that you need to buy outside of iran, and then if the value of your kurn has fallen 40% in one week, that's how much more expensive it is for you to buy those parts. we saw it on the streets of tehran outside of one of those main bazaars. it's leading to a lot of anger among ordinary ira
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Oct 5, 2012 11:00am PDT
took office. >> the president and his supporters, they're basking in the glow of the government's monthly jobs report. it is unexpectedly good. the nation's rate of unemployment took three ticks downward, 7.8%, that is still high, yes, but it is not political poison as in 8% or above. september jobs creation hit six figures, 114,000, and this is pretty interesting here because as it often does, the labor department revised its find frgz the last two months. revised them way upward. its latest tally is at 142,000 new jobs in august. that is up from 96,000. and the new tally for july topped 180,000 new jobs. mitt romney, just like the president in virginia today as well, is saying the recent unemployment keeps dropping is that more and more americans have given up, given up finding work and they're not counted as unemployed. >> i'll tell you this, when i'm president of the united states, when i'm president of the united states, that unemployment rate is going to come down not because people are giving up and dropping out of the workforce, but because we're creating more jobs. i will
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Oct 9, 2012 8:00am PDT
his position that the government should spend less or that the government should be smaller. >> reproductive rights. >> reproductive rights and that, by the way, primarily for young women is about birth control. it's not really a bedroom issue, more of a bank account issue. >> can i ask you when i was reading through -- i got the transcript, i was reading through the unedited transcript and i have to say i was really kind of shocked that he went into the contraception issue and talked about his daughters. >> absolutely. and i had the opportunity to interview him in 2008 and he did the same thing. i mean, he really does personalize health issues when he's talking about women's cancer issues, he references his mother's struggles with ovarian cancer -- >> it's kind of weird to have a dad talk about his teenage daughters when it comeso the national issue of contraception. >> it is. it's one of those things that some candidates are comfortable with and others nor not. i think the point he was trying to make was not to politicize his relationship with them one hopes, but really to
CNN
Oct 2, 2012 11:00am PDT
checkpoints around there. it is a huge contrast, but the takeaway is that this government is still strong in and around the capital. >> we have been reporting in the last 18 or so months what is the number, 28,000 syrians have been killed during this civil war, since last march. we have shown the pictures from aleppo and places like that. then you talk to the women, getting manicures, in the capital city of damascus, who aren't necessarily pro assad, who aren't necessarily pro rebel, stuck in the middle. here is that they told you. >> on many days the death toll around the capital far higher than for other cities. but where they can, people are trying to hold on to their old lives. for this woman, that's a few minutes at the beauty salon. it may look like normal life, but it is not. >> every day we hearing this boom, boom. and everything else. and there is a lot going on. >> you don't worry about it? >> i worry. i worry sick about it, but nothing we can do. >> reporter: she tells me she hates the killing, supports neither government nor rebels. wants them to talk, feels stuck in th
CNN
Oct 6, 2012 2:00pm PDT
between rebels and government troops were also seen in the capital of damascus, and syria's biggest city, aleppo. >>> and more than 30,000 people have been killed in syria's civil war, while another 303,000 have fled the area. and now, two are becoming casualties of war. >> reporter: rich in history and culture, syria is home to some of the world's greatest landmarks and ancient ruins. but now, after 18 months of fighting and civil war, the global heritage fund says that many treasures are being destroyed. the ancient villages of syria were named a heritage site in 2011. the region is home to byzantine villages and monasteries, many of these old ruins were knocked over as seen in the amateur video, possibly used as roadblocks in the fighting. and syria army tanks have moved through region over the landmarks. this was now a tourist destination, now hit by shelling. this has been around since the time of the crusades, considered some of the most preserved military castles from that area. now, this area is used by rebel forces defending themselves against the government's heavy artille
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